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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1640. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 2 June [1809] ⁠* 

Friday. June 2.d

My dear Harry

Tomorrow I go to Penrith, & if no unforeseen impediment betide, you will see me before dinner on Monday – But do not think of providing a horse, inasmuch as I prefer two legs of my own to any other four in the world. My plan is if time and weather permit, to reach Staindrop on Monday {Sunday} & breakfast with G. Taylor [1]  the next morning. The little trunk which you so often took to Brathay is gone before me & will I hope find its way to that street with the queer name, in time due time.

I shall stay seven clear days, one day I could fain pass with James Losh on my return & then my whole absence will be a fortnight, – as much as can be spared. I mean to put Kehama [2]  in my pocket, – to show you, & peradventure to finish it while I am from home.

God bless you


Last night I received a letter from the Colonel giving no hopes of Mrs Peachy. I have little doubt that he has deposited her at Madeira before this time.


* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ Southey/ Durham.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Endorsements: [various attempts to copy the name of the addressee] Dr Southey/ Durham; Dr S S; Dr Southey; Dr Southey; [in another hand] J. J.; Durham/ November 27/ December/ January/ March
MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, KESMG 1996.5.69
Unpublished. BACK

[1] George Taylor (1772–1851), gentleman farmer in Co. Durham, classicist and occasional contributor to the Quarterly Review. Father of Southey’s friend, Sir Henry Taylor (1800–1886; DNB). BACK

[2] The Curse of Kehama (1810). BACK

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